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2 posts from February 2016


CIEE Announces 2016 and 2017 Annual Conference Themes

CIEE announced today the themes for its 69th and 70th annual conferences on international education.

CIEE’s 2016 Annual Conference will focus on the importance of engaging faculty in the development of international education programs and will be held in Los Angeles, CA, November 16-19, 2016.

“Faculty are the heart and soul of the university, shaping each institution’s curriculum, research agenda, service initiatives, and serving as student mentors and role models. Today, trends in international education are calling faculty from every academic discipline to lead the development of new international programs in areas such as business, education, health sciences, and STEM disciplines that augment and complement more traditional international programs in the humanities, languages, and social sciences. Facilitating that trend will require a rich collaboration between faculty and experienced study abroad professionals who are well versed in developing and implementing high-quality international programs,” says James P. Pellow, Ed.D., president and CEO of CIEE.

CIEE’s 69th Annual Conference theme, “Study Abroad 2016: Partnering with Faculty to Expand Global Education,” will serve as a springboard for a multi-part dialogue dealing with critical issues shared by study abroad professionals and the constituencies they serve. Conference presenters will be encouraged to submit proposals that demonstrate best practices for collaborating with faculty to expand the portfolio of high-quality international programs for students from all academic disciplines.

“The trends in study abroad are clear,” says Maritheresa Frain, Ph.D., executive vice president for study abroad at CIEE. “For the last two decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of faculty leading study abroad programs, as well as an increase in non-traditional academic disciplines interested in international programs including global programs focusing on business, STEM majors, and health sciences. In response, we need to expand our conversation and share best practices for supporting these trends, especially in the area of collaborating with faculty.”

CIEE’s 2016 Annual Conference will serve as an opportunity for universities to share best practices in how faculty and study abroad professionals collaborate on advancing institutional objectives. Questions that might be addressed include: How do we build a more robust framework for collaboration? How can study abroad professionals collaborate with faculty to help students from all socio-economic backgrounds, and all academic majors, participate in high-quality study abroad programs? How are students pursuing the most challenging academic majors finding ways to study abroad, with faculty leading the charge? How can we jointly overcome the primary barriers to study abroad: cost, curriculum, and culture? How are innovative institutions leveraging technology to facilitate and enhance faculty-directed international study?

2017 Annual Conference will Highlight the Use of Technology to Enhance International Education
With preparations well under way for 2016, CIEE also announced that their 2017 Annual Conference will center on how best to leverage and manage technology to achieve learning and program goals. While many faculty and study abroad professionals loath the proliferation of technology and smart phones in university settings and yearn for a return to the days when students were completely offline during international programs, our reality is that the world has changed and is interconnected like no other time in history. Today’s world is connected via the internet, social media, and a 24/7 news cycle. Our students travel with the world in their pockets. Our challenge is to find the most positive ways to embrace technology to enrich international learning opportunities for a generation that was born after the founding of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

The 2017 Annual Conference, “Born Digital: Embracing Technology to Enhance International Education,” will be held in Austin, Texas (November 8–11, 2017).

For additional information on CIEE Annual Conferences, please contact: Anne Gray, senior manager, CIEE Annual Conference, at


IU Bloomington and CIEE to Host One of the Largest Passport Giveaways in the Country

Indiana University Bloomington, in partnership with CIEE, will give away passports to 280 preselected students during CIEE Passport Caravan: Your Gateway to the World on Feb. 5, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall. The giveaway supports an initiative to expose more first-generation, minority, and low-income students to international experience.

IU is one of 11 colleges across the United States to participate in the CIEE Passport Caravan program, which is the first step toward reaching CIEE’s goal of issuing passports to 10,000 college students by 2020 as part of its Generation Study Abroad pledge. Other participating colleges include the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania State University, among others.

“We chose to partner with IU because IU is as committed as we are to removing the financial barriers that prevent students from traveling abroad,” said Beth Donaldson, CIEE’s vice president of global enrollment management. “We feel that this partnership will be successful in helping future graduates excel.”

The passports will be given to a select group of IU students who are part of academic programs in IU’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA), including the Hudson and Holland Scholars, Groups Scholars, and 21st Century Scholars Programs. The students have been preparing for the event since last fall.

Ochmaa Escue, OVPDEMA director of overseas study and scholarship program, said, “I am excited and proud to be part of this initiative. Having a passport gives many students the open-mindednesses of seeking opportunities to travel and study abroad, which will ultimately lead to personal, professional and academic growth. I have had many students say to me that they hadn’t even thought about going abroad until now. There is a famous saying by St. Augustine of Hippo: ‘The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page.’”

Tracy Luther, a finance and accounting major in the Hudson and Holland Scholars and 21st Century Scholars Programs, believes that studying abroad is integral to his ability to achieve his career goals. “It’s increasingly important to have a global perspective, especially when it comes to business. Having a passport means I can further expand my global perspective,” he said.

Martin McCrory, associate vice president for academic support and diversity and vice provost for educational inclusion and diversity, agreed that studying abroad has many benefits in the increasingly globalized world, including enhancing students’ degrees, establishing networks, and ending stereotypes.

“It is important that first-generation, minority, and low-income students have access to intercultural knowledge and communication skills if they are going to succeed in today’s global community,” said McCrory. “We are proud to help reduce barriers that make it difficult for these students to study abroad.”

In addition to the giveaway, CIEE Passport Caravan: Your Gateway to the World will include a special program from 1:30–2:00 p.m. There will be opportunities to learn about the collaborative partnership and passport program, enjoy musical performances, and hear stories from students who have returned from studying abroad.